Five Days

  • by Douglas Kennedy
  • Narrated by Jennifer Woodward
  • 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment comes a poignant and profound American love story. How long does it take to fall in love? For 20 years, Laura has been a good wife and a good mother. She's supported her husband through redundancy, she's worried about her son, she's encouraged her daughter.
She's stopped thinking about all the places she'd like to go and all the books she'd like to talk about. She's not unhappy, exactly. She's not that self-indulgent. As anyone would tell you, Laura is wonderfully constant, caring, selfless.
She's certainly an expert at putting on a brave face. But a chance meeting in a hotel lobby - and the five days that follow - remind Laura of the young woman she used to be - and the woman she could have become. Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness? From 'the absolute master of love stories with heart-stopping twists' (The Times), Five Days is a compelling novel about how life can change with one brief encounter.

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What the Critics Say

"Totally, blissfully absorbing.” (The Times)
“Kennedy can effortlessly inhabit the voice of the female narrator, and Laura’s dilemma will leave you absolutely gripped to the final page.” (The Sunday Mirror)
“As always with Douglas Kennedy, what follows is a gripping emotional rollercoaster; pressing so many buttons it’s likely to have readers examining their own what-might-have-beens.” (Daily Mail)
“As always with Douglas Kennedy, what follows is a gripping emotional rollercoaster; pressing so many buttons it’s likely to have readers examining their own what-might-have-beens.” (Daily Mail)
“When an unhappily married woman meets an unhappily married man in a hotel lobby, you can probably guess where the story is heading. It is a tribute to Kennedy’s skill that he can take such a hackneyed situation and make the protagonists richly three-dimensional… As love fizzles out, Kennedy finds something redemptive in the triumph of hope over experience.” (Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

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plodding and predictable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story was very predictable. by about day 2, it was very clear where this book was going, and sure enough, the plot line made its depressing way to the inevitable conclusion.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Depression.


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- Jane Deacon

This narrator is on a tight schedule

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

another narrator, another writer?


What was most disappointing about Douglas Kennedy’s story?

plot


How did the narrator detract from the book?

not a pause anywhere.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

kept me distracted on the bus


Any additional comments?

It's probably just the narration

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- Ruth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks